There’s been a minor battle in the race to create the ultimate in rugged phones recently and Motorola has added armour to the already sturdy Defy +. In partnership with JCB, the phone is aimed squarely at those in the construction or building industry, like the recent Samsung Solid Immerse.
Where the Defy + JCB edition differs from traditional ruggedised phones is in the functions it offers. Typically, there’s little more than call or messaging functions added to tough phones but the Defy + JCB Edition has all the features of the Defy + and a few extras.
On top of the hard case and 3.7 inch Gorilla Glass screen, JCB has provided custom apps such as†a spirit level, decibel meter and recorder, torch, unit converter, calculator and a DIY store locator for when you need to nip to B&Q. Motorola has also made sure that the phone can double as a traditional walkie-talkie with a Push-to-talk button and messaging functions – both features use a traditional phone network but ultimately save workers the hassle of carrying a smartphone and chunky walkie-talkie at the same time.
Are you a plumber, decorator or builder who has suffered a cracked iPhone screen or damp BlackBerry? This could be the phone you’ve been waiting for…or maybe it’s the Samsung Solid Immerse – read the What Mobile Samsung Solid Immerse review.
The Motorola Defy + JCB Edition is on sale now, priced £259 on PAYG.
MOTOROLA DEFY + JCB EDITION SPECIFICATION
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- 1 GHz processor
- Water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof
- 3.7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
- Motorola Media Link
- Adobe Flash Player 10
- 5MP camera with auto focus, flash and digital zoom
- 2GB internal; 2GB microSD card in box, expandable up to 32GB
- †7.1 hours of talk time and 16 days in standby